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Sep 17 10:55

Chinese and Indian Troops Exchanged Gunfire Last Week

Indian and Chinese border troops exchanged gunfire last week, Indian officials said on Wednesday. The incident occurred just days before the foreign ministers from both countries met in Moscow to discuss tensions over the vague Line of Actual Control, the disputed border in the western Himalayas.

There have been three incidents of gunfire, mostly warning shots, since late August with no reported casualties. Since the two countries have had a long-standing agreement not to use firearms in the area, these incidents marked the first time in 45 years that India and China exchanged shots at the border.

Military sources told The South China Morning Post that Chinese border troops increased their combat readiness to the second-highest level after last week’s gunfire. The alert was lowered after the foreign ministers from India and China met in Moscow last week and agreed to reduce tensions.

Sep 17 10:42

China Poses "The Greatest Threat To World Order": UK Military Intel Chief

The Chinese regime “poses the greatest threat to world order,” Britain’s Chief of Defence Intelligence told British media this week.

Lt. Gen. Jim Hockenhull, speaking at the first media briefing at the UK’s Defence Intelligence hub based at the Royal Air Force base in Wyton, Cambridgeshire, discussed how “global players such as Russia and China continually challenge the existing order without prompting direct conflict, operating in the expanding grey-zone between war and peacetime,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

While Hockenhull saw Russia as posing “the greatest military and geopolitical threat to European security,” he reserved the starkest warning for China’s communist regime, The Telegraph reported.

Sep 17 10:40

US Pushes Unprecedented 7 Major Weapons Systems Sales To Taiwan At Once

Despite Beijing's threats centered on the 'red line' of the Taiwan issue, Washington only looks to ramp up its arms sales, which will no doubt earn more condemnations alleging violation of the 'One China' policy.

Reuters points out the US is content to further build up 'Fortress Taiwan' while "needling China" - as it "plans to sell as many as seven major weapons systems, including mines, cruise missiles and drones to Taiwan, four people familiar with the discussions said, as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China."

Sep 17 10:35

China & India In Major Himalayan Border Troop Build-Up Expected To "Extend To Winter"

After a summer of high level military to military talks appear to have unraveled — though they've prevented another major border breach like the June 15 brutal hand-to-hand combat clash which saw 20 Indian troops killed — multiple reports confirm a new build-up of thousands of Indian and Chinese troops on either side of the Ladakh region.

"Thousands of Indian and Chinese troops are still locked in an impasse across the mountain passes of the Himalayan region of Ladakh and the banks of the glacial lake Pangong Tso, with neither side backing down despite their foreign ministers having agreed five days ago to improve mutual trust and de-escalate tensions," South China Morning Post reported Tuesday.

And amid the blame game for the renewed mobilization of forces and the potential for more high altitude fighting, China's state-run Global Times says to expect Sino-Indian border tensions to likely "extend to winter".

Sep 17 10:34

Hong Kong formally demands US drop ‘Made-in-China’ labelling regulations by Trump

A PAKISTANI minister has threatened India with a nuclear attack in "the bloody last war" and says only Muslims will survive.

Sheikh Rashid made the threat of nuclear war, claiming that Pakistan has very precise weapons which are “small and perfect” and are able to target specific regions.

Sep 16 06:56

Twitter Suspends Account Of Chinese Scientist Who Published Paper Alleging Covid Was Created In Wuhan Lab

On Sunday afternoon we asked how long before the twitter account of the "rogue" Chinese virologist, Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who yesterday "shocked" the world of establishment scientists and other China sycophants, by publishing a "smoking gun" scientific paper demonstrating that the Covid-19 virus was manmade, is "silenced."

Sep 16 06:51

Residents shun Chinese ‘vertical forest’ housing project because trees meant to revolutionise urban living just attracted plagues of mosquitos

An experimental green housing project in a Chinese megacity promised prospective residents life in a 'vertical forest', with manicured gardens on every balcony.

All 826 apartments were sold out by April this year, according to the project's estate agent, but instead of a modern eco-paradise, the towers look like the set of a desolate, post-apocalyptic film.

Only a handful of families have moved into Chengdu's Qiyi City Forest Garden because of an infestation of mosquitoes, state media have reported.

Sep 16 06:11

'Rogue' Chinese Virologist Joins Twitter, Publishes "Smoking Gun" Evidence COVID-19 Created In Lab

On Saturday we reported that Dr. Li-Meng Yan - a Chinese virologist (MD, PhD) who fled the country, leaving her job at a prestigious Hong Kong university - appeared last week on British television where she claimed SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, was created by Chinese scientists in a lab.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient.

Sep 15 05:01

Drastic Food Shortages in China

Sep 14 12:29

China's Global Times Warns: "China Must Be Ready For A Potential War"

"Chinese people don't want war, but we have territorial disputes with several neighboring countries instigated by the US to confront China. Some of these countries believe that the US support provides them with a strategic opportunity and try to treat China outrageously. They believe that China, under the US' strategic pressure, is afraid, unwilling or unable to engage in military conflict with them. Thus they want to pull the chestnuts out of the fire. Considering that there is also the Taiwan question, the risk of the Chinese mainland being forced into a war has risen sharply in recent times.

"Chinese society must therefore have real courage to engage calmly in a war that aims to protect core interests, and be prepared to bear the cost. In that way, China's comprehensive strength can be effectively transformed into a strategic deterrence against all kinds of provocateurs… China must be a country that dares to fight. And this should be based on both strength and morality."

Sep 14 12:24

'Rogue' Chinese Virologist Joins Twitter, Publishes "Smoking Gun" Evidence COVID-19 Created In Lab

On Saturday we reported that Dr. Li-Meng Yan - a Chinese virologist (MD, PhD) who fled the country, leaving her job at a prestigious Hong Kong university - appeared last week on British television where she claimed SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, was created by Chinese scientists in a lab.

Sep 14 07:00

Chinese Government Combines "Track & Trace" COVID-System With Social Credit Score

The Communist government of China has combined its coronavirus ‘track and trace’ system with the country’s notorious social credit score.

Sep 14 06:55

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Sep 14 06:24

Terry Branstad Unexpectedly Quits As US Ambassador To Beijing

In an unexpected move, former Iowa Gov Terry Branstad is stepping down from his position as the US Ambassador to China after more than three years on the job as tensions between Washington and Beijing reach a fever pitch ahead of the November election.

Sep 14 06:13

China calls America 'the biggest threat to world peace' after Pentagon report claimed Chinese military poses 'serious implications for US national interest'

China has slammed a critical Pentagon report on the Communist country's military ambitions, saying the US is the one that poses the biggest threat to the international order and world peace.

Col. Wu Qian, spokesman from the Chinese Defence Ministry on Sunday called the report a 'wanton distortion' of China's aims and the relationship between the People's Liberation Army and China's 1.4 billion people.

The statement comes after the US Defence Department claims China's rapid military development would have 'serious implications for US national interests and the security of the international rules-based order' in an annual report.

Sep 13 07:14

How Iran-China Strategic Partnership May Hammer Final Nail in Coffin of US' Maximum Pressure Policy

A draft of an economic and security deal between the People's Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran previously leaked by The New York Times is continuing to reverberate in the international media. Iranian political analyst Mahan Abedin has explained the fuss over the accords and shed light on Iran's strategic shift towards the East.

The 18-page Persian-language document envisages multi-billion-dollar Chinese investments in the Iranian economy as well as considerable oil discounts for the People's Republic. The agreement also includes security cooperation, intelligence sharing, and joint military drills. Commenting on the leak, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif admitted that his country had indeed been negotiating a 25-year strategic partnership with China, adding, however, that the accords have yet to be passed by the Iranian parliament. The authenticity of the document in question has not been confirmed by Tehran so far.

Sep 12 05:19

All Australian Journalists Kicked Out of China

Sep 11 07:48

What Possible Disruption Is Coming That Requires China To Start Massive Stockpiling Of All Possible Commodities

Today is like one of those rare occasions when the Broadway understudy for a leading role finds out that the star has the ‘flu (not Covid-19) and so they get to go in front of the audience for once. Yes, Europe, today is your time to shine: “Everything’s coming up Milhouse!”.

Or not. Because the pressure is certainly on.

Sep 11 07:33

Chinese Bombers, Paratroopers Practice High-Altitude Drills as Himalayan Tensions With India Heat Up

Several reports of new military drills and deployments in western China point to Beijing preparing for the dispute on the Indian border to become a wider conflict.

As tensions on the China-India border near Pangong Lake reach new highs, there is new evidence Beijing is moving more military forces into the region and preparing others in case they are needed, meaning they may be preparing for a larger conflict than the violent skirmishes seen in recent months.

On Tuesday, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Central Theater Command Air Force revealed that H-6 bombers and Y-20 transport aircraft have been deployed to the Tibetan Plateau for training missions, the Global Times reported.

Sep 10 07:11

China is the world's biggest shipbuilder, and its ability to rapidly produce new warships would be a 'huge advantage' in a long fight with the US, experts say

China has an edge over the US in shipbuilding, and it could give the country an advantage in a protracted conflict in which both sides see heavy losses at sea, experts told Insider.

"China has already achieved parity with — or even exceeded — the United States in several military modernization areas," the Pentagon reported recently, identifying shipbuilding as one area where China has an advantage.

"The [People's Republic of China] has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines including over 130 major surface combatants," the Pentagon assessed in its latest China Military Power report.

Sep 10 06:49

Chinese Fighters Enter Taiwan’s Airspace After Missile Tests

With military tensions surrounding Taiwan already on the rise, the island decided this would be a good time to conduct a series of missile tests from several areas. This sparked an immediate reaction from China, in the form of multi-role fighter jets.

The Defense Ministry reported the planes entered Taiwanese airspace early Wednesday, but that Taiwanese planes intercepted them and chased them back out of the area. China sent Su-30 and J-10 fighters. No serious incidents were reported.

Taiwanese officials condemned the “unilateral actions,” and tried to link them to President Tsai’s call for a coalition of democracies to defend freedom in the region. It seems clear, however, that the missile tests precipitated the reaction from China.

Sep 10 03:51

Indian and Chinese troops man remote Himalayan outposts just hundreds of meters apart

Indian and Chinese troops were facing off on Wednesday, barely a few hundred meters apart, in a remote Himalayan region where shots were fired for the first time in decades, Indian officials said.

The nuclear-armed neighbors have accused each other of firing in the air during a fresh flare-up in the Ladakh region on Monday, violating long-standing protocols to avoid using firearms along their undemarcated borders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish I could say, with a straight face, that this issue will resolve itself without massive destruction; injury; or deaths. I cannot.

Unfortunately, each country has so much "face" invested in this no man's land border area, that neither feels that they can back down now, so as not to "lose face" in the region.

Sep 10 03:47

China-India border dispute: PLA bombers pictured close to troubled region

Images released by Central Theatre Command show at least three Xian H-6 bombers at base thought to be in Tibet.

Western Theatre Command says its troops took part in a live-fire air-defence exercise in a ‘northwestern desert’, believed to be in Xinjiang.

China appears to have deployed strategic bombers close to its border with India amid ongoing skirmishes between the two countries.
In photographs published on Tuesday on an official social media account of the People’s Liberation Army’s Central Theatre Command, at least three Xian H-6 bombers and a Xian Y-20 airlifter were shown at an airfield thought to be in the Tibet autonomous region.

The captions accompanying the images on Weibo – China’s Twitter-like platform – said ground crews had been stationed at a “high-altitude” base on a “plateau” – a description normally associated with Tibet.
They had been tasked with maintaining and refuelling the aircraft, the captions said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You generally don't put jet fighter pilots or soldiers on such a level of high alert, unless you mean to deploy them, and quickly.

Sep 10 03:37

Chinese Fighters Enter Taiwan’s Airspace After Missile Tests

Taiwanese warplanes intercepted Chinese planes and chased them off.

With military tensions surrounding Taiwan already on the rise, the island decided this would be a good time to conduct a series of missile tests from several areas. This sparked an immediate reaction from China, in the form of multi-role fighter jets.

The Defense Ministry reported the planes entered Taiwanese airspace early Wednesday, but that Taiwanese planes intercepted them and chased them back out of the area. China sent Su-30 and J-10 fighters. No serious incidents were reported.

Taiwanese officials condemned the “unilateral actions,” and tried to link them to President Tsai’s call for a coalition of democracies to defend freedom in the region. It seems clear, however, that the missile tests precipitated the reaction from China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would some adult in the room of geopolitics, with some shred of professional credibility left, kindly remind President Tsai, that when tensions are high, probably the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the Taiwanese military to do, is to conduct a series of missile tests?!?

Sep 09 22:02

China violated Taiwan air space today.

Sep 09 05:08

RIDING THE DRAGON: The Bidens' Chinese Secrets (Full Documentary)

Sep 09 02:07

China, India Exchange Fire for First Time in 45 YearsBoth sides trade blame for latest clash

Tensions between China and India are reaching a multi-decade worst today, as troops on both sides exchanged fire along the disputed border at Kashmir. Both sides are blaming the other for provocations, and said they fired “warning shots.”

There was fighting along the border back in mid-June, with troops on both sides using metal bats to beat one another to death, and officials proudly assuring that there was no gunfire. Today’s gunfire is the first confirmed shots fired since 1975.

Both nations massed troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) back in June, and seemingly were waiting for an excuse to start fighting. Both sides are saying the other started this, with Chinese officials saying Indian troops “blatantly fired” on the border patrol, and India saying Chinese troops fired first to intimidate them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this could get nasty in a heartbeat, if sane international efforts are not made toward reducing the tensions here, and getting both sides back to the negotiating tables; both countries are nuclear-armed.

Sep 09 01:52

China Looks To Build Espionage Hub In Iran Under 25-Year Deal

Authored by Simon Watkins via OilPrice.com,

The next phase of the 25-year deal between China and Iran will focus on a large-scale roll-out of electronic espionage and warfare capabilities focused around the port of Chabahar and extending for a nearly 5,000 kilometre (3,000 mile) radius, and the concomitant build-out of mass surveillance and monitoring of the Iranian population, in line with the standard operating procedure across China, senior sources close to the Iranian government told OilPrice.com last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And unfortunately, current US Administration policy is driving Iran ever closer to China, which would seem to be the polar opposite of what the US government would want to accomplish here.

Sep 08 06:29

Donald Trump again threatens to scale back US economic ties with China

Sep 07 14:23

The Three Gorges Dam is rapidly failing.

Sep 07 06:25

Schweizer: Biden Relationship with China ‘Has Very Real National Security Implications’

During an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Watters’ World,” Breitbart News senior contributor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer, discussed his forthcoming documentary, “Riding the Dragon: Uncovering the Bidens’ Chinese Secrets.”

Schweizer laid out Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s ties to Communist China, which he warned could have national security implications for the United States.

Sep 07 06:24

Xi's Political Rivals Run For Cover: "A Purge Is Coming - Be Careful"

Nikkei Asian Review has more details on Xi Jinping's ongoing purge in preparation to establish total authority over China's Communist Party, including related to some recent key, deeply symbolic acts:

Also on Aug. 26, Xi convened a meeting of 300 or so senior police and state security officials from across the country at Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

In a pompous ceremony, Xi handed to the police force a newly designed red and blue flag.

The red portion, occupying the top half of the flag, symbolizes the party and is meant to portray the police's absolute loyalty to the party, it was explained.

It ultimately means that for the first time the country's police forces are under Xi's direct control, instead under the immediate oversight of the government's State Council.

Each time Xi seeks to take control of a branch of law enforcement, he confers a flag.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a political enemy of Xi right now, I would be heading for the hills; people at the highest level of governmental authority are going to be "eliminated with extreme prejudice", if they do not tow Xi's propaganda line right now.

Sep 07 06:18

Hunter Biden-Beijing Deals Served 'Strategic Interests of Chinese Military', New Documentary Claims

The film, which was released on YouTube earlier this week, features a spate of deals that Hunter Biden was allegedly involved in as a board member of a Beijing-based investment company during Obama's presidency.

A new documentary has claimed that business activity in China conducted by Hunter Biden, son of the US Democratic presidential nominee, under President Barack Obama, served Beijing's "strategic interests" and may have damaged US national security.

The 41-minute film, called "Riding the Dragon: The Bidens' Chinese Secrets", was posted by the Blaze TV network on YouTube in six segments earlier this week. Joe Biden's election campaign has not commented on the issue yet.

Sep 07 06:12

Is China On The 'Brink' Of A Major Food Shortage? 

China recently launched the "Clean Plate Campaign," which targets people wasting food, as speculation of a worldwide food shortage mounts.

President Xi Jinping has pushed new measures to curb food waste following the virus pandemic, calling those who live stream their eating experiences on social media as "shocking and distressing."

Jinping said China had to "maintain a sense of crisis about food security" amid the virus pandemic. The warning comes as the world's second-largest economy could soon face food shortages. Besides the virus-induced economic downturn disrupting food supply chains, there's been droughts, floods, and pests that are likely to result in poor harvests this year.

Chinese state news agency, the Global Times, downplayed the notion China is headed for a food crisis. Some restaurants in China have limited the number of dishes served to diners, while others have weighed customers before ordering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To those of you who have never done it, slow cooking and being able to cook over an open fire, may well become your new normal; learning these skills now may well determine your survival in times to come; our electronic grid is pressed to the limit, both in terms of surging demand, and vulnerability to interruption.

Look at how successful the French have been in making slow cooking taste delicious, as in boeuf bourguignon!!!

Sep 04 08:51

China gives angry ‘no’ to US TikTok takeover

Sep 04 08:14

Commentary: Dirty tricks behind U.S. "clean network"

Nothing could be more ridiculous than U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declaring last month that the United States would launch a five-pronged effort under the so-called "Clean Network" program to protect U.S. assets.

Under this initiative, the United States will seek to remove "untrusted" Chinese apps such as TikTok and WeChat from U.S. mobile app stores, limit the ability of Chinese cloud service providers like Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent to access cloud-based systems in the United States, and ensure undersea cables "are not subverted for intelligence gathering" by China.

Pompeo has been mongering his "China threat" theory around the world, urging others to guard against China "stealing user data." But what about the track record of the United States in this regard?

Sep 04 06:14

China To "Gradually" Sell 20% Of Its US Treasury Holdings, May Dump It All In Case Of "Military Conflict": State Media

Ever since the early stages of the US-China trade/tech/virus/cold war four years ago, there were frequent rumors - which eventually gave way to increasingly legitimate chatter - that China was looking to go full "nuclear option" by selling some or all of its $1+ trillion of US Treasury securities, which incidentally has not been too far off the mark: as the chart below shows, after peaking in 2013, Chinese holdings of US debt have been steadily declining (and not so steadily in the aftermath of the Chinese devaluation), and are currently near the lowest level in 8 years.

Sep 03 07:40

China's Food Shortage is Worse Than You Think

Sep 03 07:40

China’s Missile Might Is Forcing a US Switch From Aircraft Carriers to Bombers Taking Off From US Mainland

On July 21, two U.S Air Force B-1B bombers took off from Guam and headed west over the Pacific Ocean to the hotly contested South China Sea. The sleek jets made a low-level pass over the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its escorting fleet, which was exercising nearby in the Philippines Sea, according to images released by the U.S. military.

The operation was part of the Trump administration’s intensifying challenge to China’s ruling Communist Party and its sweeping territorial claims over one of the world’s most important strategic waterways. While senior Trump officials launch diplomatic and rhetorical broadsides at Beijing, the U.S. Defense Department is turning to the firepower of its heavily armed, long-range bombers as it seeks to counter Beijing’s bid to control the seas off the Chinese coast.

Sep 03 05:59

US Seeks Formal Alliance Similar to NATO with India, Japan and AustraliaAccording to State Department Official Says

Washington’s goal is to get countries in the Indo-Pacific region to work together as a bulwark against ‘a potential challenge from China’, says the US official- He says the four nations are expected to meet in Delhi sometime this autumn

Washington aims to formalise its closer Indo-Pacific defence relations with India, Japan and Australia – also known as “the quad” – into something more closely resembling the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nat), a senior US State Department official said on Monday.

The US government’s goal is to get the grouping of four countries and others in the region to work together as a bulwark against “a potential challenge from China” and “to create a critical mass around the shared values and interests of those parties in a manner that attracts more countries in the Indo-Pacific and even from around the world … ultimately to align in a more structured manner”, said Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a very interesting companion piece, also from globalresearch.ca, titled: US Seeks Anti-China Alliance, Flashpoint Taiwan Strait

I am sure that these nations the US is attempting to "woo" to join this pact, are assessing its pluses and its minuses, vis a via their individual relations withe China.

Sep 03 05:49

Indian special forces member killed in China border skirmish

A soldier of Tibetan origin with India's special forces has reportedly been killed in the latest border confrontation between India and China on their contested Himalayan border, fuelling concerns of a wider military confrontation between the two regional powers.

The death is the first reported from two incidents occurring within 48 hours on the border, two months after a battle that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.

India and China, which fought a border war in 1962, have each accused the other of trying to cross their unofficial frontier in the Ladakh region in an attempt to gain territory.

The Indian government has not commented on the reports of the death, but Namgyal Dolkar Lhagyari, a member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, told AFP news agency on Tuesday that the Tibetan-origin soldier was "martyred during the clash" on Saturday night. She did not identify the soldier by name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless an Adult in the Room of geopolitics with some shred of professional integrity left, starts working the phones between Beijing and New Dehli, we have the potential for a military knock-down, drag-out between two nuclear armed countries.

Sep 03 05:11

Pompeo Unveils Extensive New Restrictions On Chinese Diplomats In US

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday morning announced severe new restrictions on Chinese diplomats in the United States.

He cited that American diplomats in China "face constant barriers to their work" and so Washington is responding in a commensurate way.

"Today, the State Department imposed new requirements on senior PRC diplomats conducting meetings and events in the U.S. We will always advocate for fair treatment of our diplomats abroad," Pompeo introduced.

This includes requiring senior Chinese diplomats working in the US to seek formal approval from the State Department in order to visit any American university campus or meet with local or state government officials.

In a press briefing the top US diplomat cited China's own "opaque approval process" for American diplomatic personnel working in China, which ultimately prevents them from "conducing regular business, attending events, securing meetings, and connecting with the Chinese people."

Sep 03 05:09

Buchanan: Where Will All These War Games Lead?

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

In northeast Syria last week, a U.S. military vehicle collided with a Russian armored vehicle, injuring four American soldiers.

Both the Americans and Russians blame each other for failing to follow established rules of the road. Had an American been killed, we could have had a crisis on our hands.

Query: With the ISIS caliphate dead and buried, why are 500 U.S. troops still in Syria a year after Donald Trump said we would be pulling them out? What are they doing there to justify risking a clash with Russian troops who are in Syria as the invited allies of the Damascus regime of Bashar Assad, whether we approve of his regime or not?

Nor was this the only U.S.-Russian faceoff last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because an action is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

All it takes is one mis-read, one misunderstanding, one not following the rules, and suddenly, we are looking at the US government having gotten this country into a shooting war with..... fill in the blank.

Current hot spots, and situations, include the South China Sea; the border between India and Pakistan; the border between India and China; Belarus; Armenia and Azerbaijan's border; Iran and Israel; Lebanon and Israel; Greece and Turkey squaring off over the Mediterranean oil fields; the Bering sea; and Syria.

There are many in the Bowels of Power in DC who hope for such a war, because it was war that got the US out of the terrible depressions which proceeded both World War I and World War II.

But the situation, with the US and the world, is an entirely different kind of beast in this part of the 21st century.

Many countries now are nuclear-armed and capable; this includes Pakistan; India; China; and Russia. The US weapons systems don't work as advertised; rarely get actually delivered on time, and by the time they are delivered, have been rendered obsolete by other countries' push in weapons technology, and are delivered at cost over-runs large enough to drive a truck through.

The US is dealing with an economic depression of cosmic proportions, exacerbated by Covid-19, and massive riots and unrest in many urban areas; on top of this, it is an election year in this country.

I frankly think, that wise leadership would work as hard as they could to get the domestic issues sorted first, before they would even contemplate a war against a country like Lichtenstein; but then again, that... would be wise leadership.

Sep 01 14:28

Hunter Biden's Massive Chinese Cash Dump

Sep 01 05:57

China Invades Nepal

Aug 31 07:16

U.S. Navy sends a warship through the Taiwan Strait for the second time in two weeks - days after an American destroyer sailed near disputed South China Sea islands amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing

A U.S. Navy warship has transited the narrow and sensitive Taiwan Strait for the second time in two weeks.

Taiwan's Defence Ministry confirmed the operation on Monday amid rising tensions between China and the United States.

The ministry said a U.S. destroyer, which it did not name, had sailed in a southerly direction through the strait and was continuing to sail south.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please; you need to talk to "an adult in the room" regarding China, and the US's current "picador stance" against it.

There is a point past which China's President Xi cannot allow these incursions to stand, without "losing face" to his Asian Pacific neighbors, and it appears that the US is attempting to provoke him to respond.

I would strongly suggest, Mr. President, that this is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly wrong move the US could possibly make at this time.

We don't have the money; the troop strength; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to pursue a positive outcome in a war against China at this point.

Besides which, after World War Two, courtesy of the Cairo Pact, the South China Seas were ceded to China by this agreement.

China says United States should 'brush up on' South China Sea history the article goes on to state:

"The United States needs to brush up on its history about the South China Sea, as World War Two-related agreements mandated that all Chinese territories taken by Japan had to be returned to China, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Australia."

If, in fact, the US "gave its word" that this would remain true, why is the US attempting to break that word by these repeated "Freedom of Navigation" exercises?!?

There is only one explanation; it is to make President Xi act first, so that his actions against American military hardware and personnel, cast him as "the baddie" in the eyes of the world, so that the US response to this "outrage" will appear "justified."

Aug 31 06:37

The US-China game of chicken in the South China Sea does nothing to solve the dispute – it’s a mindless and dangerous escalation

As Washington and Beijing continue to spar over the latter’s assertion of territorial claims in the South China Sea, the war of words has the two nations lurching ever closer to an actual shooting war, with all that will entail.

The dispute has escalated in the past days and weeks, with the US slapping sanctions on Chinese officials and companies involved in the construction of several man-made islands in the region, and the US and Chinese militaries facing off in increasingly provocative and confrontational encounters.

Aug 31 05:59

Fresh Clash Erupts Between Indian-Chinese Troops in Pangong Tso

India and China have been in a border stand-off along the 4,057 km Line of Actual Control since the last week of April. The violent face-off between the troops of the neighbouring countries in Pangong Tso on 15 June left 20 Indian army soldiers dead, resulting in a series of disengagement talks at the diplomatic and military level.

The Indian Army has revealed that fresh clashes erupted between the troops of China and India during the night, on 29-30 August, when the People's Liberation Army carried out "provocative military movements" in the eastern Ladakh region.

"On the night of 29/30 August, People's Liberation Army troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during an ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo," said Colonel Aman Anand, PRO, Army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PLEASE, will some "adult in the room" of geopolitics with some shred of professional credibility left, start working the phones between Beijing and New Dehli?!?

This cannot be allowed to escalate, and is one of the many flashpoints which could, conceivably, trigger World War III.

Aug 30 05:25

China's 'Debt-Trap' Diplomacy With Third-World Nations

Authored by Lawrence Franklin via The Gatestone Institute,

Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy proposal has been the "Belt and Road Initiative" (BRI) commercial and strategic program. At first, the network was pitched as a restoration of the ancient overland trade route, the "Silk Road," that linked China to Europe. This "New Silk Road," like its predecessor, would traverse the vast steppes of Central Asia -- but the contemporary BRI is allegedly meant to serve also as an economic boon for all the countries along the route.

Xi quickly followed the overland BRI with a maritime version, presumably to connect Chinese ports on the South China Sea to seaports in the Indian Ocean, continuing on to the Middle East states and ultimately reaching European ports. Initially, these proposals had only involved countries along BRI routes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like the US government doesn't already do this with developing nations which are left helpless to prevent them from straying from the US's economic influence?!?

Aug 29 00:40

US Says China’s South China Sea Claims ‘Ridiculous: ’US warship sent to disputed area around Paracel Islands

The guided-missile destroyer the USS Mustin has entered the South China Sea and is sailing near the Paracel Islands. The islands are claimed by China, though the US does not recognize that claim. China objected that they didn’t authorize the US to sail there.

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien called China’s claims in the South China Sea ‘ridiculous,’ saying they’ve been rejected by all the major countries. Most countries in the region have conflicting claims in the South China Sea, and to the extent they overlap with Chinese claims, the US backs everyone else’s claims.

In rejecting their claims, the US has repeatedly carried out “freedom of navigation” exercises near Chinese claims just to prove that they can’t enforce those claims. China is objecting to those incursions, and earlier this week fired anti-ship missiles into contested waters to prove they could challenge those ships if they have to.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest, that the US military back the flip off here, unless their real goal is a war against China, and I have to ask; with Chinese military equipment evolving at the rate it has been, how winnable is such a war at this point, when the US doesn't have the money; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the weaponry to insure a positive outcome to such a war?!?

Aug 28 08:23

Top Beijing Official Warns: Chinese Consumers Will 'Abandon' iPhones If US Bans WeChat

In a rare comment about potentially boycotting American products, China's foreign ministry spokesman warned Friday if the Trump administration goes ahead with a ban on the popular messaging app WeChat, from mid-September on, then it would result in Chinese consumers ditching iPhones and other Apple products.

"If WeChat is banned, then there will be no reason why Chinese shall keep iPhone and apple products," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan tweeted.

Aug 28 07:53

Top Beijing Official Warns: Chinese Consumers Will 'Abandon' iPhones If US Bans WeChat 

In a rare comment about potentially boycotting American products, China's foreign ministry spokesman warned Friday if the Trump administration goes ahead with a ban on the popular messaging app WeChat, from mid-September on, then it would result in Chinese consumers ditching iPhones and other Apple products.

"If WeChat is banned, then there will be no reason why Chinese shall keep iPhone and apple products," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan tweeted.

Aug 28 07:52

China Military Claims It Expelled US Destroyer From Its Territorial Waters, US Military Counters This Is Fake News

In a bizarre exchange of what may or may not be fake news, today China's Global Times claimed that the Chinese People's Liberation Army "expelled a US warship that trespassed into China's territorial waters in the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea on Thursday, near an ongoing Chinese military exercise zone that reportedly featured live-fire anti-ship ballistic missile launches."

The USS Mustin, a US Navy guided missile destroyer, trespassed into the China's territorial waters in the Xisha Islands on Thursday, and the PLA Southern Theater Command dispatched naval and air forces to track, identify and warn it leave, said Senior Colonel Li Huamin, a spokesperson for the PLA Southern Theater Command on early Friday.

Aug 28 05:56

India Stops Oil Purchases From China

Aug 28 04:59

Beijing warns of possible ‘military accidents’ after US carries out ‘provocative’ operation in South China Sea

Beijing has cautioned against further US naval operations in the South China Sea, claiming that recent activities by the American side create conditions for an unintentional military confrontation.
A spokesman for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said on Friday that a US warship entered Chinese territorial waters without permission.

“We urge the US to stop such provocative behavior and restrict its maritime actions to avoid possible military accidents,” Senior Colonel Li Huamin said, adding that PLA naval and aerial forces monitored the vessel as it traveled through the South China Sea.

The US Navy said that the USS Martin carried out a “routine” operation in the region. Washington has cited the so-called “freedom of navigation” principle to defend its regular activity in the sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is going to be a "point of no return" in these American "exercises", past which China will believe they have no point but to respond in kind; that is where we could be looking at World War III, and barely understand how it started.

Aug 28 03:49

Escobar: Definitive Eurasian Alliance Is Closer Than You Think

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Saker blog (originally posted at The Asia Times),

Beijing-Moscow is already on; Berlin-Beijing is a work in progress; the missing but not distant link is Berlin-Moscow..

We have seen how China is meticulously planning all its crucial geopolitical and geoeconomic moves all the way to 2030 and beyond.

What you are about to read next comes from a series of private, multilateral discussions among intel analysts, and may helpfully design the contours of the Big Picture.

In China, it’s clear the path ahead points to boosting internal demand, and shifting monetary policy towards the creation of credit to consolidate the building of world-class domestic industries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Western politicians cannot see their way past a 4 year election cycle, which is a definite disadvantage in imagining how the "longer game" may well play out for lots of prosperity for a lot of people.

Aug 28 01:45

China destroying Buddhist statues now.

Aug 27 11:59

Creeping Thucydides Trap: Esper Vows "Won't Cede An Inch" In South China Sea After 4 PLA 'Warning' Missiles

The Pentagon revealed Thursday that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) "warning" to the US on Wednesday involved the firing of “four medium-range missiles into [an] area between Hainan and the Paracel Islands,” a defense official was quoted in FT.

Among them included nuclear-capable DF-26 missile and the anti-ship DF-21D ballistic missile. Beijing said they demonstrated the PLA's ability to deny outside military access to the South China Sea.

The missiles were fired in response to the major incident from Tuesday, wherein China's PLA military angrily charged that a US U-2 spy plane entered a 'no-fly zone' off China's coast while the PLA conducted live-fire military drills.

The PLA has since ratcheted up its drills, with FT reporting Thursday the military "announced it was conducting another live fire exercise in waters off the eastern city of Taizhou, bringing the number of drills off its coast this week to five."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military is "playing picador" with China; and there is going to be a point of no return for the Chinese government, and I have to wonder just what President Trump is truly prepared to do, when that moment comes; declare war?!?

Aug 27 10:36

China‘s Growing Agriculture Crisis. Devastating Shocks: Swine Fever, Floods, Droughts.

For the past months the Peoples’ Republic of China has been subject to one after the other devastating shocks to its agriculture sector. A deadly outbreak of African Swine Fever that halved China’s huge pig herds in 2019, was followed by infestation from a plague of fall armyworms (FAW) which reached China in December, 2018 and now threaten China’s corn belt. Now the worst floods in some 60 years is wiping out major rice and other crops in central China along the Yangtze and other rivers. Food Security is one of six national priorities for national security. President Xi Jinping has just issued a call to citizens not to waste food or face penalties, a sign that the depth of the food security threat is far worse than thought.

Aug 27 10:25

China says no need for panic buying of food and oil

China’s food supplies remain stable and consumers should not be “overly anxious” or even resort to “panic buying”, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday, following recent uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, farmers and traders should prevent food waste caused by improper storage, while farmers who stockpile in the hope of later gains should be wary that prices could turn against them, ministry official Tang Ke told a briefing.

President Xi Jinping raised the issue of food security earlier this month when he spoke about “shameful” food wastage, while a government think tank has warned about a looming food supply gap by 2025.

Aug 26 07:08

China: Everything Proceeding According to Plan, Complete Interruption of Relations with US?

Let’s start with the story of an incredibly disappearing summit.

Every August, the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) converges to the town of Beidaihe, a seaside resort some two hours away from Beijing, to discuss serious policies that then coalesce into key planning strategies to be approved at the CCP Central Committee plenary session in October.

The Beidaihe ritual was established by none other than Great Helmsman Mao, who loved the town where, not by accident, Emperor Qin, the unifier of China in the 3rd century B.C., kept a palace.

2020 being, so far, a notorious Year of Living Dangerously, it’s no surprise that in the end Beidaihe was nowhere to be seen. Yet Beidaihe’s invisibility does not mean it did not happen.

Aug 26 06:55

China Blasts US 'Naked Provocation' After U-2 Spy Plane "Entered No-Fly Zone" During PLA Drills

In the latest tit-for-tat South China Sea saga, China has denounced the United States, lodging "stern representations" with the US embassy, over Pentagon attempts to spy on live-fire military drills over what Beijing claims is its sovereign airspace.

Specifically, according to Reuters, the US is charged with "sending a U.S. U-2 reconnaissance plane into a no-fly zone over Chinese live-fire military drills on Tuesday, further ratcheting up tensions between Beijing and Washington."

Aug 26 06:53

Trump Reportedly Considers Accusing China Of "Genocide" Over Treatment Of Uighurs

As the Trump Administration works to keep the flow of aggressive China-related headlines flowing across social media, Politico reported on Tuesday that the administration is weighing the possibility of labeling Beijing's treatment of Muslim minority Uighurs a “genocide".

Of course, for this label to have any real power or affect, it would have to be backed by the UN Security Council. And seeing as China has a permanent seat and veto power, the odds of this ever flying at the UN are virtual impossible.

Aug 26 05:50

Tsunami like flood in China

Aug 25 06:41

NASA researcher arrested by FBI for conspiracy & wire fraud over links to China

A Texas A&M University professor and NASA researcher has been charged with conspiracy and accused of collaborating with several Chinese entities, while his grant explicitly prohibited him from doing so.

Zhengdong Cheng, a professor in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M who also worked on projects for NASA, was arrested by the FBI over the weekend, the Department of Justice said Monday.

Aug 25 06:32

US Sees "Progress" After Call With China Discussing Phase 1 Deal; Yuan Jumps

Well, that on again, off again between the US and China to discuss the "progress" on the Phase 1 of the trade deal finally took place tonight, with the US Trade Representative office announcing tonight that Ambassador Lighthizer and Secretary Mnuchin participated in "a regularly scheduled call this evening" with China's Vice Premier Liu Hu to discuss implementation of the historic Phase One Agreement between the United States and China.

According to the USTR, the parties addressed steps that China has taken to effectuate structural changes called for by the Agreement that will ensure greater protection for intellectual property rights, remove impediments to American companies in the areas of financial services and agriculture, and eliminate forced technology transfer.

Considering that China has done virtually nothing so far, we can only imagine that this was the shortest US-China call in history.

Aug 25 06:29

China Arms Pakistan With 'Advanced Warships' As Threats Of Nuclear War With India Escalate

When the Trump administration withheld billions of dollars in security aid to Pakistan in 2018, the logic then was that the Pakistani military would be forced to form greater ties with the US and surrounding allies to reclaim lost aid.

Fast forward today, the new reality, Pakistan abandoned the West and its allies for China.

Pakistan quickly bolstered ties with China via billions of dollars in Belt and Road projects over the last two years. China has also provided the Pakistani military with aircraft, weaponry, and other advanced hardware. The cooperation between both countries has taken another giant leap as China just delivered the first of four "most advanced" warships to the Pakistani Navy, a move that will clearly upset India and the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There was no "logic" to this decision to withhold aid; only immense stupidity and hubris, in not realizing that China would rush to fill the void with its own weapons; and in the immoral words of the American comedian Ron White: "You can't fix stupid!!"

Aug 24 07:52

China's steel output jumps to new record high in July as demand recovers

As the world’s second largest economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, its steel sector reached record high output last month, according to fresh industry data.

China produced 93.36 million tons of crude steel in July, or 3.05 million tons a day, which is over nine percent more than it did over the same period last year, Chinese media reported on Monday citing the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA). The figures coincide with data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), released earlier this month.

July crude steel output exceeded the previous monthly record of 92.27 tons set in May. From January to July, China churned out 593.17 million tons of crude steel, with production rising 2.8 percent year-on-year, the NBS data showed.

Aug 24 07:35

US Bill Seeks To Ban Title "President" For China's Xi Jinping

A new bill introduced in Washington seeks to change the way the federal government refers to the leader of China, prohibiting the use of the term "president", and will - if passed - lead to a dramatic escalation in already tense relations between the two superpowers. According to the SCMP, the "Name the Enemy Act" would require that official US government documents instead refer to the head of state according to his or her role as head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, holds three official titles, none of which is “president”: head of state (guojia zhuxi, literally “state chairman”); chairman of the central military commission; and general secretary of the CCP. However, in the English-speaking world, Xi has generally opted for “president”, which critics say "offers unwarranted legitimacy" to an unelected leader.

Aug 24 06:47

China Warns 'Necessary Countermeasures' Coming For Any Asian Country Willing To Host US Missiles

It was a year ago that the Pentagon first announced it would move forward with plans to deploy intermediate range ballistic missiles to Asia "within months" — an ambitious timeline which of course never materialized, nevertheless a prospect that's remained on the table ever since, driving tensions higher as part of what Beijing has slammed repeatedly as Washington's "Cold War mentality".

In a new statement China's Foreign Ministry has vowed it will take "countermeasures" should any US ally in the region agree to host American missiles.

Aug 21 05:32

Pompeo: We’ll Sanction China or Russia if They Violate Iran Snapback Sanctions

On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed that the United Nations Security Council snapback sanctions on Iran will resume and if China, Russia, or any other country does not follow them, the United States will respond by imposing sanctions on them.

Pompeo said, “30 days from now, all the sanctions that were in place will resume. They have been temporarily paused because of the ridiculous nuclear deal, and the world will be a safer place. The Iranians won’t have the chance to have Russian air-defense systems, Chinese tanks, all the things that pose risk and instability in the Middle East. The Gulf states are all excited about — Israel is excited about it. It’ll reduce their risk, and it’ll make Americans safer too.”

Host Bret Baier then asked, “So when China or Russia refuse, is the administration going to hold them accountable with sanctions too?”

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